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Reach Volunteering
United Kingdom
Unpaid voluntary role
Closing date
30 Sep 2021

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Consultancy / Strategy
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Are you interested in an opportunity to become a Trustee for an organisation making a real difference to the lives of young blind and partially sighted people?

No child in the UK should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind. the Royal Society for Blind Children believe in a better life for blind children.

We are on a mission to make sure every single blind child has the self-belief and skills to fulfil the potential we know they’ve got.

What will you be doing?

Our Board of Trustees works together to ensure that our organisation is sustainable and accountable by exercising good governance and following all necessary policies and procedures. In addition to your statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, or other issues in which the Trustee has special expertise.

What are we looking for?

We are interested in hearing from individuals with the following skills, knowledge and experience:

  • Further Education
  • Digital
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • IT and Systems
  • Lived experience of vision impairment

As well as the following:

  • A commitment to RSBC and its objectives
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Strategic vision
  • A willingness to bring constructive challenge
  • An understanding of legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a Trustee
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • An ability to think creatively

As an organisation we are particularly keen to ensure that our Trustees are fully representative of the community in which we work and at the current time we would warmly welcome applications from people with a diverse range of backgrounds, ethnicity, gender and age.

RSBC is a national charity, therefore applicants from all UK regions are welcome. However, they must be able to attend the AGM in person.

What's in it for the volunteer?

At RSBC, our vision is that every blind child and their family will have the skills and confidence to live their life without limits. This is an exciting opportunity to join an organisation committed to fulfilling this purpose. You will be involved in driving the strategic direction of our organisation, as we continue our provision of services for visually impaired children, young people and their families. 

A few more details

The Society is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Therefore, all roles are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure and Barring Service, 2 satisfactory professional references and a commitment to undertake regular safeguarding training.

Time commitment

Board meetings are held quarterly. If you are involved in sub-committees you will be required to attend respective meetings.

Before you apply

Please write a short letter outlining: why you are interested in joining our board, your relevant skills and experience (see Who we are looking for) and how you think you could apply your skills and experience to strengthen our board. Please also attach a CV or similar (LinkedIn profile, portfolio etc). For an informal chat with RSBC please contact the TrusteeWorks team who will be able to arrange this.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

How we do it

Our online community inspires people to use their skills for social good. We help organisations to make the most of those skills, to think through their needs and to attract the right person. We believe that communication is important in recruiting trustees and volunteers, so our service encourages dialogue between organisations and individuals. Our service is free to volunteers and to most charities. Find out more about when we charge.  

For volunteers and charities

Whether you are an organisation that wants to find a volunteer with particular skills or a new trustee, or an individual who has a skill you want to offer, you can:

  • join the community as a volunteer or as a charity and create a profile
  • explore roles and profiles
  • make contact and talk through what you're looking for 
  • make a match.

Our guides and resources help volunteers and good causes make the most of skills-based volunteering.

Other organisations and partners

We also work with other organisations including:

  • businesses, supporting their staff into rewarding volunteer or board positions
  • funders, supporting their grantees.

Read more about our partnerships.

Find Us
020 3943 9901
Reach Volunteering
17 Oval Way
SE11 5RR
United Kingdom
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